What do trainees learn?
Two training tracks are available:
- 9-week Food Service training (Berkeley location) – preparation for restaurant kitchen and customer service jobs.
- 12-week Bakery Production training (Emeryville location) – preparation for jobs at large scale baking operations, such as bread or pastry companies.
The program integrates hands on experience into the curriculum, and trainees learn how to:
- Use the commercial kitchen/bakery tools and equipment necessary to get jobs in the food industry
- Prepare a variety of baked goods and savory items
- Maintain food safety and sanitation standards
- Apply food service vocabulary and math skills.
In addition, there is a strong job readiness component that includes resume writing, job search, interviewing, and other skills needed to transition into the food industry.
Who can participate?
A person may be eligible for the training program if he or she:
- Is 18 years of age and older
- Is living with low income
- Is eligible to work in the U.S. or is in the process of getting a work permit
- Loves to cook and bake
- Is committed to finding a job in the food industry upon graduation
- Is physically able to complete training, for example work on feet for 8 hours a day and lift 25 pounds
- Is drug and alcohol free
- Is free of violent or weapon-related offenses
- Is able to read recipes in English
- Is willing to receive follow-up calls from program staff after graduation.
How to apply or find out more about the program?
For application information, please call 1-888-283-3522. When you call, please have a pen and paper ready.